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Sri Lankan Coconut Dhal

Serves 4. 15 minutes prep. 35 minutes cook. Vegan.

Mixtures of rice, pulses and legumes are known as "complete proteins" which can be difficult to find if you aren't eating meat or fish which contain all nine proteins in themselves. This means that they contain nine amino acids that our bodies can't produce ourselves. Here is a vegan coconut dhal when served with rice, is a complete protein.

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  1. Rinse the lentils until the water runs clear. Put the lentils and all the ingredients except the lemon juice and coriander in a medium saucepan. Add 400ml water to the pan then bring to the boil.

  2. Turn down and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 30-35 minutes, until the lentils are soft. Season with the lemon juice and more salt, if needed. Serve with steamed basmati rice and scatter with the coriander leaves.

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